Children at the Sandhills Early Childhood Centre at Byron Bay enjoy some outdoor activities. The centre has received a $28,890 grant which will be used to provide louvres to turn outdoor verandahs into learning areas.
Children at the Sandhills Early Childhood Centre at Byron Bay enjoy some outdoor activities. The centre has received a $28,890 grant which will be used to provide louvres to turn outdoor verandahs into learning areas.

Boost for Sandhills centre

The Sandhills Early Childhood Centre at Byron Bay has received a boost with a $28,890 grant from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water’s (DECCW) public facilities program.

Centre director Fasha Steen said program funding allowed not-for-profit organisations to undertake simple, low-cost water and energy upgrades.

Ms Steen said the funds would be spent on providing much needed fixed bi-fold adjustable louvres to turn outdoor verandahs into learning areas that could be used during hot or wet weather.

“The additional space outdoors will also mean we can split our children into smaller groups and provide optimum learning experiences for the differing age groups,” she said.

“We are also installing skylights and a roof vent to reduce energy use. To have the flexibility to direct airflow and not turn on the lights as often will result in significant savings to the centre.”

Byron Council, which owns the childhood centre building, estimates the new energy saving fixtures will save more than five megawatts hours of energy and five tonnes of carbon pollution each year.

The new upgrade is anticipated to be installed and completed by mid year 2010.

The council will assist with installation of the improvements. 

 The long day care centre provides centre based child care for children from birth to five years.

 Children can attend the centre on a full or part time basis depending on the requirement of the family and the availability of spaces.

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